Information for Carers
Are You a Carer?
If you are please let us know - we may be able to help yo
There is a wealth of information on the NHS website about carers and caring. Below are some links into the site that we hope you will find useful.
- A guide to care and support: Information for carers and people who have care & support needs.
- Caring for someone: Advice on providing care, medicines etc.
- Care after hospital: Providing care for people who have been recently discharged from hospital.
- Taking a break: Caring for someone can be a full-time job - find out about accessing breaks and respite care.
- Support and benefits for carers: Caring for someone can be a full-time job - find out about accessing breaks and respite care.
- Work and Disability: Guidance, support and help with employment issues.
- Being a young carer: Advice for carers 18 or under and their entitlement to support
Finance and Law
Help claiming benefits, looking after your bank balance and understanding the legal issues of caring.
- Benefits for carers: Directing carers to the benefits that can help them in their caring role
- Benefits for the under-65s: Advice and information on helping the person you look after get the benefits that they are entitled to.
- Benefits for the over-65s: Advice and information on financial support for older people with a disability or illness.
- Carer's Assessment: How your benefits maybe affected after the death of the person you look after and what happens to their benefits
- Other benefits: Advice for carers and the people they are looking after on claiming a whole host of other benefits unrelated to their disability or caring
Contact Carers Direct
Telephone: 0808 802 0202
Office Hours: Lines are open 8am to 9pm Monday to Friday, 11am to 4pm at weekends. Calls are free from UK landlines.
Carers Health Clinic
Do you need support or problems with your own health?
St Lawrence have paired up with Carer’s Health to enable our carers to gain that extra support they may be needing. Mark Mackrell, Carer’s Health Clinician, holds clinics at the Surgery every second Thursday of the month offering 1 hour one-to-one sessions for any carer who may be struggling with physical or mental health and wellbeing. Mark is able to work directly with carers and develop individual strategies for each carer, with an aim to reduce the strain of coping with their carer role. This involves practical advice and training such as safe moving and handling techniques, information and advice on other services to help carers and their loved ones, advice and information to help plan for the future and much more. You can also be visited in your own home if you are unable to attend the surgery.
Please contact reception if you would like to book on to one of these clinics.